The Basilica

Basilica Santo Stefano, Bologna, Italy

Santo Stefano's Basilica is a religious complex located in the Eponymous Square in Bologna, Italy. Built in the 5th century, the complex’s driving force was Saint Petronius, bishop of Bologna.

Originally there were seven churches that lends to its local name of Sette Chiese ("Seven Churches"). Today, only four of the churches remain. Entry into the complex is via the 11th-century Church of the Cross, which houses the bones of Saint Petronius and leads through to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This austere octagonal structure probably started life as a baptistery. Next door, the Courtyard of Pilate is named after the central basin in which Pontius Pilate is said to have washed his hands after condemning Christ to death. In fact, it’s an 8th-century Lombard artifact. Beyond the courtyard, the Church of the Trinity connects to a modest cloister and a small museum. The fourth church, the Church of Saints Vitale and Agricola, is the city’s oldest.

This image is from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where part of the octagonal roof can be seen. I wanted to get a composition that showed the cross along with the ancient brickwork.